About Us

“Good parents wants their kids to be rock stars, right? Right — or at least they should. And there’s no better place to sow a stage-strutting future for young Johnny or Sally than the San Francisco Rock Project, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching kids the musical skills needed to become the golden gods of the next generation.” - SF Weekly, Best Of 2013 (5/29/13)

San Francisco Rock Project was born in June 2010, when a group of local families and teacher/musicians banded together to form a nonprofit music school. Thanks to countless hours logged by its many volunteers, a deeply talented, dedicated staff, and a hard-working and gifted group of students, Rock Project quickly established itself as the premier rock-based music school in the Bay Area.

Rock Project is proud to be a nonprofit corporation, with all proceeds being returned to the program — in the form of scholarships and tuition assistance, equipment and facilities maintenance, and staff compensation.

The Lending Library

In May 2012, Rock Project joined forces with local indie rockers tUnE-yArDs to raise money for a “lending library” of musical instruments for students. Any student enrolled in Rock Project can now “check out” guitars, basses and other instruments to take home and try out for a while. No strings attached! Rock Project is poised to launch other innovative new programs for its students over the coming months. So stay tuned! Sorry for the bad puns.

Press

SF Weekly honored us in their Best Of 2013 issue on May 29, 2013: Best Place to Train for the Center Ring of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Read this East Bay Express profile from Feb. 6, 2013: Raising Rock’s Next Generation

Check out this cool KTVU Profile of San Francisco Rock Project from Spring 2012.

Partners

A number of both local and national organizations and musicians have supported our program, and we’d like to give them their due. Huge thanks to PayPal for contributing all their proceeds from Outside Lands 2013 to our program. We’re also immensely grateful to the D’Addario Foundation for contributing gear and musical accessories to our school. We love love love Noise Pop, who got us a slot at Treasure Island Music Festival last year, and had us play their awesome block party this year. The SF Indie Mart has been one of our biggest supporters for years and we’re so sorry they’re packing it after 7 years. (We love you, Kelly!) Who else? SF Guitarworks, Yerba Buena, SF MoMA, Jewish Contemporary Museum, Yahoo, AirBnB… (If we’ve forgotten you, we’re so sorry!! Please reprimand us at info@rockprojectsf.org.)

We thank the many venues that have hosted our shows, especially Thee Parkside, Bottom of the Hill, Hotel Utah, Playland, Rickshaw Stop, and The Make-Out Room.

And we can’t forget the artists–Ty Segall, tUnE-yArDs, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Victims Family, Ricky Berger, Shannon & the Clams (among others) have all contributed their time and talents to helping us out. We thank you all!

More Info

Read more about the Rock Project Staff.

Read more about the Rock Project Board of Directors.